A Glittering reenactment of ten of the most dramatic tournaments in chess history-- from London 1851 to San Antonio 1972, with anecdotes and game analyses of all the great players!
Whether you're a master or a Patzer, you're bound to enjoy this ticket to the most interesting chess tournaments of the last century and a quarter. Here is your passport to Victorian London's exclusive St. Geroge's Chess Club in 1851, where the whole idea of the chess tournament was invented, and where the giants of the age, Adolf Anderssen, Howard Staunton, and Marmaduke Wyvill came to play. In these titanic struggles there was no time limit; Sitzfleisch was at a preimum.
You get to sit at the board at Hastings in 1895, as the unknown rabbit Pillsbury upsets immortals like Steinitz and Lasker. And you can kibbitz over the shoulders of Alekhine and Capablanca in New York in 1924, or watch the huge wallboards as Euwe beats Botvinnik at the height of the Cold War in Moscow in 1948.
At Bled, Yugoslavia in 1961, a young Bobby Fischer gives promise of things to come, the only player in the tournament who doesn't lose a game, while at San Antonio in 1972, the founder of a friend chicken empire is the patron of the same sort of international Chess tournament that only 60 years before depended upon prize rubles from the Czar.
With diagrammed and annotated games, indexes of opponents, and openings, as well as tournament score tables, the Great Chess Tournaments and their Stories is destined to be a classic!!! A book of glittering chess lore that's as instructive as it is entertaining.